Lifesaving plants

Scientific review shows how and why a vegan diet can be a lifesaver

A comprehensive review of research studies on diets and cardiovascular health made perfectly clear how amazing a healthy vegan diet can be. The scientists came to these conclusions about what a wholesome plant-based diet can do for your heart:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease by 40 per cent
  • Reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 40 percent
  • Fully or partially remove harmful plaques from blocked arteries in up to 91 per cent of patients
  • Reduce the risk of high blood pressure by 34 percent
  • Reduce blood cholesterol from high to normal levels
  • Help achieve or maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

The authors conclude that plant-based diets should be promoted through dietary guidelines and recommendations because they can not only prevent but also reverse atherosclerosis, heart disease and associated health issues.


Kahleova H, Levin S and Barnard ND, 2018. Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Cardiovascular Disease. Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. 61 (1): 54-61.